Brazil Butt Lift - High & Tight

Leandro Carvalho
Year Released: 2010

Categories: Lower Body Strength

High & Tight is part of the original Brazil Butt Lift set; it can be found on the same DVD as the Sculpt workout. This is a toning workout with three separate segments: Standing Work with Band, Floor Work with Band, and Floor Work with Ankle Weights. Leandro and his all-female crew use a flat, circular band that they place around their ankles and feet; I used and tube-style circle band around my ankles only, and for the floorwork, where the band is placed between the thighs, I used a flat band tied to an appropriate width.

The submenu for High & Tight lets you select each of the workout segments individually. There is also an option for normal/quieter music. I have listed each segment below along with approximate times as well as a brief overview of the exercises.

The 4-minute warm-up includes steps side-to-side, increasing to a quick, dance-y tempo. There is also an "Accordion" move to work the abs, also with a side step. The first sequence involves touching the leg to the rear, eventually adding balance to this move. This is followed by squats with side leg lifts. The final standing move is what Leandro calls "1-2-3 Together": this is basically stepping out to the side, front, and then behind, again adding a bit of a dance feel to the exercise. That concludes the standing work.

For this segment, the exercisers are using the band on their thighs, just above their knees. Beginning in a side-lying position propped up on the elbow (Leandro calls this "At the Beach"), Leandro has the women raise both legs and do leg lifts from this position first with the top leg, then with the bottom. Next, he has the models lie flat on their sides and bend their knees for several clam shell variations (including traditional and feet raised). Leandro finishes with the Corkscrew, which involves turning one leg in so that the knee touches the ground and the heel faces up and doing lifts in the position. After repeating all of the exercises on the other side, Leandro concludes this segment with a brief (1.5 minute) stretch on the back that includes a lying twist.

Most of this segment is performed in an all fours position on the elbows; again, Leandro completes all of the work on one side before moving on to the other; he also has the women rest briefly in child's pose in-between each move. The exercises include bent leg lifts, bent leg lifts with crossover, straight leg lifts, straight leg lifts with crossover, and rainbow (semi-circle leg lifts). Next comes some brief work for the inner thighs: in a side-lying position, you will perform leg lifts and leg circles. A 2-minute stretch on the back--including a nice figure 4 stretch--concludes this segment.

This is a great work; as promised, it definitely targets the butt from every angle! It is also nice how it is broken down into segments, as you could easily use 1-2 sections as add-ons (although the entire workout comes in at just under 38 minutes). This was tough, but it didn't leave me feeling as exhausted as Bum Bum, and I can see myself incorporating it more often.

Instructor Comments:
Unlike in Bum Bum and some of the other BBL DVDs, in this workout--especially the floor segments--Leandro mostly instructs rather than performs the workout himself. He is pretty goofy, and he makes a lot of comments about what a great butt you are going to have. (He also has several other signature phrases such as "niiiice!" and "you are doing so well!") However, because he mirror cues, counts reps evenly, and generally does a good job instructing, I don't mind his quirks. ;)

Beth C (aka toaster)